France’s Lucas Pouille reaches first grand slam semi-final at Australian Open with victory over Milos Raonic

France's Lucas Pouille reaches first grand slam semi-final at Australian Open with victory over Milos Raonic

France’s Lucas Pouille reached his first grand slam semi-final at the Australian Open with a four-set upset of Milos Raonic.

Pouille, the 28th seed, had lost in the first round on his five previous visits to Melbourne but his 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4 victory over big-serving Canadian Raonic was the latest in a series of strong performances this fortnight.

He recovered from a break down to win the opening set, his first in four meetings with Raonic, and put the loss of the third set aside to come through strongly.

Pouille reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and the US Open in 2016 but struggled to build on that and endured a disappointing 2018.

There was little to indicate he was about to go on such a run after beginning this season with four defeats but he gave credit to coach Amelie Mauresmo, who he hired in the off-season.

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